On his recent vacation to the States, The Sherp made acquaintances with a number of electronic producers. This time we caught hold of HARD Events boss DESTRUCTO. 

Gary Richards a.k.a DESTRUCTO is a man who wears many hats, he’s an amazing DJ and Producer, music executive and CEO and Co-Founder of HARD events. He is the man who created EDC in 1992 , and captained the incredible Holy Ship. At EDC NY, he and his friends took over the CosmicMEADOW stage to bring the HARD experience to the East Coast.  The stage hosted extremely talented artists like Bassnectar, Nero, Boys Noize & Rudimental. The Sherp was humbled to meet DESTRUCTO for a quick chat at EDC NY:

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(Picture Courtesy: DESTRUCTO Facebook)

Can you describe EDC NY in 3 words

Wet, Loud and Exciting.


How did you come up with the idea for Holy Ship! ?

I was on a cruise with my friends and I thought to myself it would be amazing to have a whole ship filled with awesome people who love music.

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Is the Holy Ship concept going international any time soon?

Yes, Europe along the Mediterranean Coast.


What is your opinion on electronic music in India? Do you plan on bringing the Holy Ship experience to India ?

I’ve heard that there is a lot of potential for growth for electronic music in India. I’d love to bring the Holy Ship experience to India if the conditions are right.

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If you had to get married at a festival, which one would it be and why?

Burning Man.


A festival you would consider being sober at?



Name a festival you would consider attending alone. Tell us why.

Holy Ship because it’s probably the best festival to make new friends.

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(Picture Courtesy: DESTRUCTO Facebook)